What Kills Mold: DIY vs Professional Solutions
Comments 0 | 2020 Mar 18 | Author John Ward
There’s no denying that we live in a DIY world.
Thanks to the massive popularity of home remodeling shows, anyone with a sledgehammer and safety goggles can play the role of a professional contractor. In fact, of the 58% of Americans who tackled a home project in 2018, two-thirds did at least a portion of the work themselves.
However, assembling a bookcase or repainting a kitchen is one thing. What about serious household issues that duct tape or super glue simply can’t fix?
Take mold, for instance.
What kills mold? You might have heard of a few strong solutions that you can spray on to make the issue magically disappear. Yet, before you fill that bottle up, read on.
Today, we’re taking a look at a few popular home-based remedies for mold removal and why they’re no match for expert treatment.
Ready to learn more? Let’s get started.
What Kills Mold? A DIY Approach
One internet search alone can reveal a multitude of ideas on how to kill mold yourself. These at-home solutions range from the chemically harsh to the all-natural. A few of the top ideas include:
- Baking soda
- Tea tree oil
Let’s take a look at these ideas in greater detail, along with their pros and cons.
If you have only a small outbreak of mold on a non-porous material (e.g. your bathtub), bleach can be an effective treatment. However, the chlorine in bleach cannot penetrate a porous surface, making it no match against mold that grows beneath wood or drywall.
While your walls might look clean when you scrub them down with bleach, you’re only killing the surface bacteria. The roots will continue to grow underneath and it won’t be long before those unsightly spots pop up again.
A white mineral powder that doesn’t give off dangerous fumes like other commercial mold removers, borax is a mainstay in many household cleaners, especially those designed for the bathroom.
Mixed with water, borax is one of the most powerful at-home mold killers around, though it’s most effective in concentrated areas versus widespread outbreaks. It can be toxic if ingested so it’s wise to keep it far out of reach of pets and small children.
Could that open box of baking soda in your refrigerator be the answer to your mold woes?
While it would be a convenient and certainly affordable solution, the answer is unfortunately “no”.
While it does deodorize and it’s great at soaking up the moisture that mold spores love to feast on, baking soda is only effective at treating small mold outbreaks. Even then, it must be mixed with vinegar first to create a sprayable solution.
Cleaning with vinegar has become a more popular approach as homeowners eschew chemical-laden solutions for more natural alternatives. However, is it strong enough to kill mold?
Vinegar is a mild acid that will kill roughly 82% of mold spores. While it’s one of the safest ideas on our list, it’s not 100% effective. If even one spore is left to fester, an entirely new outbreak can occur. You can, however, keep a spray bottle of vinegar handy and use it frequently around your house to prevent mold from forming in the first place.
Spray it down with Lysol!
That’s the battle cry of harried teachers and worn-out mothers as soon as flu season hits. Lysol is a go-to resource when you want to kill bacteria and stop germs in their tracks. You can even find a Lysol-brand mold and mildew remover at your local drugstore.
However, like bleach, Lysol will only pause the issue momentarily. While it can be effective on some small, non-porous outbreaks, if you have a large-scale one, the regrowth will likely show up again after a while.
Tea Tree Oil
Also known as melaleuca oil, tea tree oil is a key ingredient in a variety of health, wellness and beauty products. Its antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties make it a valuable treatment for a range of skin conditions from acne to athlete’s foot.
Does this mean it can ward off nagging mold spores, too?
As a natural fungicide, tea tree oil is one of the most powerful “green” solutions on our list. However, at more than $10 a bottle, it’s also one of the most expensive. If you have a small, contained outbreak, you can treat it with a teaspoon of the oil mixed into one cup of water.
Keep in mind that while this might help keep a tiny colony of mold spores at bay, it’s no match against a larger outbreak. The cost of the oil alone would render any DIY effort fruitless!
Why Professional Treatment is Best?
You might think you know all about mold after reading a few articles, buying a few solutions, and watching some videos online.
However, the reality is that none of the aforementioned products are as powerful and effective as a professional treatment will be. Moreover, unless you have the correct tools, solutions, and know-how, you could wind up causing extensive damage to your property if you try to solve the problem on your own.
That mold you see growing along the wall of your basement? Chances are, there’s a ton more lurking behind the wall.
Then, there’s the potential of mold growing inside of your air ducts or under your furniture. Do you really want to spend your weekends scrubbing baseboards and bathrooms only to have the issue reappear in a matter of days?
Our professional and licensed mold experts will assess the extent of your damage and get started right away on remediation and repair. The best part? We’ll make sure it doesn’t come back.
Remove Mold the Right Way
What kills mold? It isn’t always bleach, a scrub brush, and a can-do attitude.
Often, you need access to advanced industry tools and expert knowledge to get rid of the problem for good.
Our team of mold professionals knows how to handle every case the right way, from start to finish. We understand that the appropriate methods and products may vary depending on the kind of mold you have, the area of your home that’s affected, and the duration of the mold outbreak.
We also have access to special equipment designed to eradicate immense, large-scale outbreaks that pose a serious health and safety issue. From mold inspection and testing procedures to sophisticated mold removal techniques, we do it all.
Contact us today and breathe easy again!